Pit Bull Rescuer's Husband Arrested
UPDATE 10/03/08: Comments left at this post have called attention to another matter regarding the Villalobos Rescue Center. On September 6th, 2007, the facility was raided and searched. The husband of Tia Torres, Aren Marcus Jackson, and one of her employees was subsequently arrested. Jackson served about 14 years in prison for attempting to murder two Orange County sheriff's deputies. He got out of prison in 2005.
10/03/08: Liability is the Issue, Not Race
Valencia, CA - Tia Torres, who operates the Villalobos Rescue Center for pit bulls, was invited to speak at Valencia High School. Social Studies teacher, Marcy Calnan, had asked Torres to visit because her students had selected the rescue center as a charity to support this school year. Torres showed up with several pit bulls and according to Calnan, "was discussing how the treatment of pit bulls is just another form of racism."
As a teacher, Calnan ought to know that "racism" is a term only applied to humans and that the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the same rights to animals as it does to humans. Calnan also neglected to fill out the proper paper work for Torres' visit. So when Assistant Principal Vince Ferry saw the pit bulls and Torres, he made a quick call to the principal then asked the visiting group to leave.
"Assistant Principal Vince Ferry acted appropriately when he told Social Studies teacher Marcy Calnan to have Torres and her pit bulls leave campus, according to Principal Paul Priesz. 'Any animals that come to school have to be approved by me, and we also have a speaker form that has to be filled out and that was not done. He asked them to leave because they did not have permission to be on campus.'"
Torres later logged onto the Internet and told reporters, "I did some research and Valencia High School has had some issues with racism. I thought, how ironic, being as how I went there to do a program on racism using my dogs, and here we were asked to leave because of the race of the dogs." Like other scare tactics designed to advance their cause, pit bull advocates use the term "race" because it is politically incorrect to be "racist."
The Definition of Racism
- (Dictionary.com) A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement.
- (Merriam-webster) A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
- (Answers.com) The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
In addition to the incorrect use of "racism" being lobbed onto school kids is the issue of liability. According to the article, Vice Principal Vince Ferry told Calnan the dogs needed to leave because they were a liability. In other words, if an "accidental mauling" should occur, Valencia High School could not afford the debt obligation they would be required to pay the victimized parties.
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